There are two schools of thoughts when it comes to moving abroad. Either you pick a place to live before moving to the country and hope for the best about the accommodation and its surroundings. Or you move in first, live in a more or less temporary shelter until you find a suitable long-term place to dwell. Both have pros and cons and really depend on how flexible you can be, and whether you travel alone or with a family. I like the move in, then improvise option, but it is a matter of taste and, in the end, essentially of luck. Read more
Marina Stechmann, née Sanchez, has been living in Hamburg for the past four years. The 30-year-old Frenchwoman was visiting a friend in Hamburg in spring 2012 who was getting married. She was only supposed to stay a few days to help with preparations but she “fell in love with the city and because I did not really have any perspectives back in France, I decided to do something daft. Let’s stay in Hamburg and see what happens!” Read more
2016 was not very popular everywhere, on the contrary. But because we do not deal with wars, crises, and idols that passed away too soon, but with the Hamburg startup scene, we allow ourselves to draw our own 2016 wrap-up. Granted, it’s abridged and subjective,but before anything else, we want to finish on a positive note!
One of the many good things about Hamburg is the fact that almost anyone can and will speak English to you if you don’t know any German. While it can be a challenge to live in Paris or Barcelona without speaking French or Spanish respectively, expats in Germany have the leisure of completely ignoring the language of Goethe and still lead a functional life. Nevertheless, you might be tempted to deepen your knowledge of German if you plan on working in Hamburg for a longer time, founding a company or moving with your family. Read more
In Germany, you need to report any change of address. The authorities need to know where you reside and only give you two weeks to do so. So, upon arriving in Hamburg, make sure that registering to your local state agency (Einwohnermeldeamt) is high on your to-do list! Read more
No matter where you come from and why you’re in Hamburg for, it will be very difficult to conduct any business without a bank account. You will need one as an employee, as a freelancer and of course as a entrepreneur. So, since this is a necessary evil, we may as well start reviewing right now which steps you need to follow to open a bank account in Hamburg. Read more
If there is one mistake I made when I moved to Hamburg, it was to come by car. Not to mention it was an Irish car with the steering wheel on the right side that I could not reasonably insure in Germany. But that’s beyond the point, in the end I had a car I could not park anywhere safe/legal/warm and I never EVER needed it. Because Hamburg has fantastic public transports and other means of transportation.
What do the following things have in common; software for speeding up a website, an app for happy horses, a drone that can make 360-degree recordings, a platform for sport sponsorship, and an app that can teach you to play guitar? They and their respective start-ups are the stars of this year’s Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch.
The show will be held on 21st September in Gruenspan, and the victor will go home with a media budget worth 100,000 Euros from the WELT newspaper. We will tell you exactly who the finalists are, and how the decision was made. Read more
What’s happening in Hamburg’s startup scene during the next months? We summed up the the events you shouldn’t miss. Your event is missing? Then simply send us a message to info(at)hamburg-startups.net.
These events are looking forward to your participation:
|Food Innovation Camp 2017||A daycamp full of innovative and delicious impressions out of the startup-ecosystem from the Food-Expo. The conference set trends regarding food, food-tech, logistics and hospitality, while workshops give opportunities for knowledgetransfer, regardless of companysize. Speeddatings and matchmakings between startups and representants of wholesale and retail, investors, coop-partners and food service industries aim for efficient networking.||17. Juli 2017|
Diese Events finden regelmäßig statt:
|12min.me||12min.me bietet zu den verschiedensten Themengebieten interessante Vorträge und Networking-Events, oft in Kooperation mit relevanten Partnern aus der jeweiligen Branche.|
|betahaus Academy||In verschiedenen Sessions zum Thema “Lean Startup” können Gründer sich weiterbilden.|
|TUHH Startupdock||Das Startup Dock steht für erfolgreiche Gründungen an Hamburger Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen. Das Startup Dock begeistert Studierende und Wissenschaftler für das Thema Entrepreneurship und stärkt die Gründerkultur auf dem Campus, vermittelt durch Lehrveranstaltungen und Events unternehmerisches Denken und Handeln und unterstützt und begleitet als Gründerzentrum innovative, technologieorientierte Startups auf ihrem Weg zu erfolgreichen Unternehmen.|
|Fin-Tech Meetup||Networking Veranstaltung der Fin-Tech Szene von Hamburg zum Austausch von Ideen unter Gleichgesinnten.|
|nextMedia.Elevator||New name, new look: the Webfuture Award turns into the nextMedia.Elevator. The idea stays the same: 10 digital startups from Hamburg compete for the title, glory and fame.||14. June 2017|
|TEDxHamburg “Rock the Boat”||We live in a rapidly changing world, in a time of transitions and challenges, that many of us find increasingly complex and difficult to handle. It takes guts, passion and stamina to navigate these times, to be empowered, to insist in change and to disrupt the status quo. To rock the boat. But thankfully, there are always some of us who are brave and fearless enough to rise up to the occasion and to take things on by embracing the unknown and completely rethinking the approach. Who are these change makers? Meet our TEDxHamburg speakers. We will let them reflect on how rocking the boat changed their lives and will find out if their visions and ideas made a difference… today, tomorrow and way beyond. Join us!||25. June 2017|
These events are held regularly:
|12min.me||12min.me offers lectures, presentations and events with a diverse range of topics and partners. Have a look at the specific events for more details.|
|betahaus Education||In different sessions on “Lean Startup” founders have the chance to educate themselves.|
|TUHH Startupdock||The Startupdock supports founders and young companies at Hamburgs universities and scientific institutions by strengthening the infrastructure and entrepreneurship around the campus and offering events with a focus on education and networking|
|Fin-Tech Meetup||The Networking Event of the Hamburg fin-tech scene.|
|FuckUp Nights||Fuckup Nights is a global movement born in Mexico in 2012 to publicly share stories of failed businesses. Hundreds of people attend each event to hear three to four entrepreneurs share their failures. After each speaker, there’s a question/answer session, as well as time for networking.|
|Gamecity Treff||The Game City Club is the established, regular get-together for the games industry in Hamburg. Industry representatives hold short introductory speeches, report on the latest developments in their companies or lead panel discussions on current topics. Networking and the exchange of ideas on Games and beyond are being focused in particular|
|Webmontag||Talks and networking-events about changing technologies and digital issues|
Small note: You’ll find the upcoming schedule of our networking Event the Hamburg Startups Mixer here.
Calenders with important events for the Hamburg startup community
In order to stay up to date with the events of Hamburg’s founder community, we highly recommend to check the following calendars regularly for interesting updates.
The Startup Digest: This calender is curated by betahaus Hamburg and others and will soon be embedded in the website. But you can also subscribe the Digest as a newsletter.
The betahaus Hamburg: with this calendar you stay up to date on the events, taking place in the co-working space in the Eifflerstraße.
Digital Media Women: Here you will find the numerous events of Digital Media Women as well as various other exciting networking Events.
Nextmedia.Hamburg event calendar: The nextmedia.Hamburg initiative maintains a calendar with their own events, such as the Webfuture Award as well as other events from the digital world of Hamburg.
Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft: It’s the right calender for folks who are eager to stay up to date about news about creative-scene of Hamburg.
Hamburg@work: Being a cross-industry business network, Hamburg@work publish their relevant events in their own calender.
Startup Guide Hamburg: This information plattform for entrepreneurs from Hamburg offers an interesting event calender.